Whiskey Dick’s Saloon holds hip-hop holiday
Duo brings back ‘How the Grouch Stole Christmas’
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The Grouch and Eligh have a few presents to unwrap.
After hip-hop violinist Paul Dateh and the Bayliens open Saturday’s show at Whiskey Dick’s, the Living Legends MCs will perform a solo set each, and a set together as G&E with DJ Fresh.
“How the Grouch Stole Christmas,” which started as an annual holiday show in Oakland, is coming to town for the second time, Saturday, Dec. 27.
The Grouch grew up in Oakland listening to homeboys Digital Underground and Too $hort, and the son of a keyboard player always wanted to make his own beats. He found more inspiration when Hieroglyphics were starting to gain exposure, and a friend convinced him to begin writing and rapping in 1994. He met the Mystik Journeymen soon after that and performed his first show as an MC the next year.
Living Legends formed when the Grouch and Mystik Journeymen crossed paths with Murs, Scarub and Eligh, formerly known as 3 Melancholy Gypsys, as well as Aesop, Arata and Bicasso. Living Legends moved their home base to Los Angeles in 1999 but remain rooted in the Bay Area. Collectively, they’ve released 50 full-length albums and sold more than 300,000 singles, culminating in “The Gathering” on April 8.
The Grouch and Eligh have released two collaborations as G&E Music, in 2000, 2003 and have a new volume due out next year.
Eligh came from Los Angeles, where watching “Beat Street” with his first-grade friends set him onto the path to the record store to pick up LL Cool J’s “I’m Bad.” That path led even farther, first to the Boogalu Badboys with his friend and Hamilton High schoolmate Scarub. They changed their name to Urban Instinct and then met another Hamilton student, Murs, and the three became the Melancholy Gypsies.
When Eligh got kicked out of his aunt and uncle’s couch, he moved to the Bay Area and stayed on a friend’s couch. He met the Grouch at a house party one night, the duo recorded a song together, and Living Legends member Sunspot Jonz brought Eligh into the Living Legends.
Eligh credits influences ranging from Freestyle Fellowship to Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan and makes beats as his alter ego, Gandalf.
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